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Instructional Workshops
Updated 8/29/14

Instructional Workshops

We offer several different learning opportunities for climbers of all experience levels. 

All DRS members age 16 and over are eligible to participate in any of our workshops. To register for any of our Instructional Workshops, please visit the Climbing Wall office during staffed hours. You must register for a workshop 24 hours ahead of time. Any workshop may be cancelled due to a lack of participation. Please arrive 10–15 minutes prior to the start time of the workshop.

Top-Rope Belaying

This workshop will teach participants the essential skills to climb and belay including, but not limited to: climbing technique and terminology, equipment inspection and usage, proper knot tying, safety commands, and belay technique. Participants are first shown these techniques and then allowed to practice under the supervision of an instructor. Participants must complete the Top-Rope Belay Workshop and wait at least 24 hours before taking the associated competency exam.

Every Week from Sep 2-Dec 11  

  • Monday, 5–8pm 
  • Tuesday, 7:30–10:30pm 
  • Thursday, 6:30–9:30pm 
Details
  • Cost: $6 per person
  • Maximum number of participants: 4
  • Minimum number of participants: 2

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Lead Climbing and Belaying

The workshop instructs participants in the techniques of lead climbing and belaying specific to indoor climbing. Participants must have already passed a top-rope belay competency exam at the Climbing Gym before participating in this class. Additionally, participants must be able to climb comfortably and without falling at or above the YDS grade of 5.9 before participating. Participants must complete the Lead Climbing and Belay Workshop and wait at least 24 hours before taking the associated competency exam.

The times for all workshops is 1–4pm.

  • Saturday, September 6 
  • Saturday, September 27
  • Saturday, October 25
  • Saturday, November 8
Details
  • Cost: $20 per person
  • Maximum number of participants: 3
  • Minimum number of participants: 2

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Gym to Crag

The Gym to Crag workshop is designed to help the indoor lead climber transition to climbing in the outdoor environment. The workshop will focus on outdoor sport climbing and cover topics including equipment, outdoor ethics, route finding, leading techniques, and cleaning routes. Participants should have indoor lead climbing experience to get the most out of this workshop.

The times for all workshops is 1–4pm.

  • Sunday, September 7
  • Sunday, September 28
  • Sunday, October 26
Details
  • Cost: $20 per person
  • Maximum number of participants: 4
  • Minimum number of participants: 2

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